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1 room, 2 adults

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)

2-star2 stars
1 Bunny Street Wellington Cbd, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand

Art Deco hostel with restaurant, near Wellington Central Business District
  • Free WiFi
  • Collect stampsYou can collect™ Rewards stamps here
Great pool
Fantastic service
Could use a good cleaning
More comfort would be nice

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)

from A$47
  • Double Ensuite
  • Standard Double Room, Private Bathroom
  • Bunk Style Twin Ensuite
  • Single (Shared Bathroom)
  • Bunk Style Twin (Shared Bathroom)
  • Shared Dormitory, Shared Bathroom (4 Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory, Private Bathroom (6 Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory, Private Bathroom (8 Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory, Ensuite (6 Bed, Female Only)
  • Twin, Double & Single Ensuite
  • Double Shared Bathroom
  • Single Room, Ensuite
  • Basic Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm
  • 20 Bunk Style Room (mixed)

What’s around Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)


  • Heart of Wellington
  • Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) - 15 min walk
  • Interislander Ferry Terminal - 27 min walk
  • Wellington Central Business District - 3 min walk
  • Wellington Waterfront - 3 min walk
  • Westpac Stadium - 12 min walk
  • Cuba Street Mall - 20 min walk
  • Courtenay Place - 20 min walk

Getting around

  • Wellington (WLG-Wellington Intl.) - 19 min drive
  • Paraparaumu (PPQ) - 42 min drive
  • Wellington Station - 1 min walk
  • Wellington Kaiwharawhara Station - 3 min drive
  • Wellington Ngauranga Station - 6 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 108 rooms


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-1:00 AM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
  • Express check-out
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 48 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. If you are planning to arrive after 11:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests planning to arrive outside of normal check-in hours must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions and key retrieval information. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • No parking

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast on weekdays (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
Things to do
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Arcade/game room
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Lift
  • Terrace
  • In-room accessibility
Languages Spoken
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

In the room

Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Qualmark, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)’s small print

Also known as

  • Downtown Backpackers
  • Downtown Backpackers Hostel
  • Downtown Backpackers Hostel Wellington
  • Downtown Backpackers Wellington


This property advises that enhanced cleaning and safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

For traveler safety, the following measures are in place: social distancing measures are in place; contactless check-in and check-out are available; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; an acrylic shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast and dinner, and also through room service.

Mandatory fees

Deposit: NZD 20.00 per stay

Optional extras

Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge of NZD 10 (subject to availability)

Breakfast costs between NZD 15 and NZD 30 for adults, and NZD 10 and NZD 30 for children (approximately)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)

  • Are pets allowed at Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
  • Is parking offered at Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)?
    Sorry, there's no parking at Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers).
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)?
    You can check in from 3:00 PM to 1:00 AM. There's a charge of NZD 10 for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is 10 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)?
    Yes, there's an onsite restaurant.

Recent reviews

Good 7.6 From 332 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Great location
Great location. Clean and comfortable. Friendly staff
Peter, au1 night trip
Very good 8.0
Good location
We opted for a budget twin room with shared bathroom facilities. You'll have to make your on bed as they do not. It was ok for what we paid for and the location was great.
Timothy, au3 night trip
Good 6.0
Good in Wellington
Good for the price. They are making exceptional changes to the motel.
au1 night trip
Very good 8.0
Very convenient
I had a pleasant stay at the hotel Waterloo. Even if it is a bit old, it is confortable enough and well situated. A 2 mns walk to the train and bus station, a supermarket in the train station and a snack restaurant on the first floor. The prive is very attractive and all that is a good value for money.
Muriel, au1 night trip

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly Downtown Backpackers)

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